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  • Aikwood is a triumph of imagination, creation and recreation.

    Baroness Linklater, Scotland
  • It was an amazing experience, very magical, had a wonderful time.

    Chloe Marchant, County Durham
  • Once again back to the Ettrick Valley and Aikwood Tower. As usual having a relaxing time. It is always a pleasure being here.

    Jens Jelnes, Denmark
  • It's safe to say Aikwood Tower is no ordinary holiday rental...all rooms are individual and charming...incredibly comfortable Swedish DUX beds...

    Red Magazine
  • Named in 'Top 12 most spectacular self-catered properties'. Look out across the spectacular wilderness of the Ettrick Valley...open fires to toast toes in front of and a great hall for boozy banquets.

    The Sunday Times
  • A fabulous Christmas in the most special of buildings. We have enjoyed making some very precious family memories.

    The Woods Family, Christmas 2014
  • Aikwood is still Aikwood and although it has been reincarnated for the 21st century, its character hasn't really changed at all.

    Scottish Field
  • A stay at Aikwood was a birthday treat, and has to be one of the best i have ever had. Wonderful place. We will be back!

    The Bothwell Family, Aberdeen, February 2015
  • What a quiet few days at Aikwood – sheer bliss!

    Robert and Janice Beaton, Scotland
  • We learned a little of Border history. We saw an amount of beautiful Border scenery. We experienced the very best Border hospitality.

    Audrey Soal, South Africa

Understated luxury in the Scottish Borders

Without a doubt, we offer some of the best luxury accommodation in the Scottish Borders - there's no better place to revive your batteries!

Built in the 1540s, our striking Grade A-listed tower house is full of authentic medieval castle charm - from the spiral staircase that winds its way through the heart of the building to the enormous crackling fire in the Great Hall. It has now been lovingly restored and renovated into five-star boutique accommodation without comprimising on the integrity of the original building. With five en-suite bedrooms (sleeping eleven guests) and four reception rooms there's ample room for relaxing and socialising!

Located 40 miles south of Edinburgh in the heart of the Ettrick Forest - the ancient hunting ground of Scottish royalty up to the days of Mary Queen of Scots - the stunning local landscape around Aikwood Tower offers some of the finest walks, cycling, shooting and fishing in Scotland, among many other leisure activities.

Whether you are looking for peace, calm and to be left alone to enjoy your stay on a self-catered basis or wish to be spoilt by local caterers with fine food and drink, the discreet, efficient and friendly staff of Aikwood Tower will ensure your stay is a happy and memorable one.